These are Ti leaves next to my house. Have you seen them before?  They are quite popular in Hawaii:

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Good news: My sister Sylvia won the Silver in the prestigious 2015 Hale Aina Awards competition for her vegan restaurant, Greens and Vines.  Last year, she won the Bronze.  She recently celebrated her restaurant’s second anniversary.

Last month, my 98 year old mother moved from her house in Manoa to a nursing home in Nuuanu. The transition was necessary, because she suffers from dementia and had a hard time lifting her legs over the rim of the tub to bathe, even with assistance.  She also fell frequently and broke her ribs, arm, and back.  It was felt that she should sit in a wheelchair as much as possible rather than risk another fall.  So far, she has adjusted well to her new environment.

David and I received our Humana Medicare Advantage ID cards in the mail and are waiting for the list of participating providers. Humana has been in existence since 1961 and has more than 6 million members nationwide.  We chose it, because the premiums are either zero (for HMO) or $34 (for Choice PPO), and the benefits are better than other plans.  Humana even pays your membership dues for the gym.

As for our rental unit, our tenant is a man who works at the airport and travels off-island frequently.  It is nice to have additional income as retirees, and we plan to reduce our income tax by deducting business expenses.

Have a wonderful day!

10 Responses to “Rambling”

  1. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I remember a Ti plant craze years ago; I had one for several years. Indoors, of course.

  2. Jan Says:

    When I lived in Colorado, we had a Humana Advantage plan, and it was great. But then when we moved here to Washington state, we found it was terrible and five time as expensive. I’ve got a local Advantage plan that works fine, although it’s going up $9/mo in January. Still better than most around here. Glad to hear your mom is in a good place. 🙂

  3. Olga Says:

    You hit the tenant jackpot, I think.
    I just this past week got two statements–one from Medicare and one from BCBS–both related to my accident last January. I could not tell you how much that little incident cost nor how much was paid out, but the cost of paperwork must be a big contributor to the cost of health care.

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Busy as usual I see.

    I think the plant must be a Ti leaf plant from which the “skirts” were made for the men who danced the “Hula” centuries ago. At least that’s the local lore I learned when I lived there. Also learned the dance was sacred and only men were allowed to do it.

    Congratulations to Sylvia.

  5. Grannymar Says:

    It is good that your mother is settling into her new home. Round the clock care will be good for her.

  6. Christine Says:

    your mom did well staying home till 98!

  7. mageb Says:

    That was so good your mom lasted so long in her own Sounds like you are enjoying your retirement.

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    That sounds like very inexpensive supplemental insurance. You should check the coverage carefully. It sounds too good to be true.

  9. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Glad to read your mom is in a safer place for her, Gigi, and sure that puts you more at ease as well. We will be checking into other medicare Supplemental plans next week. Currently we have United Healthcare /AARP and rates are increasing, so time to shop around.

  10. DeniseinVA Says:

    Glad to hear your Mom is being taken care of full time. The falls must have been very worrying. I remember seeing the plant in Hawaii and am glad to know what it is now.

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